Manhattan College’s New Holocaust Genocide and Interfaith Education Center To Host Two Fall Events

Manhattan College’s newly expanded Holocaust Genocide and Interfaith Education Center is gearing up for its fall semester of programming with two enlightening events.

Manhattan College’s newly expanded Holocaust Genocide and Interfaith Education Center is gearing up for its fall semester of programming with two enlightening events, including: Remembering, Page-by-Page; Teaching the Holocaust Through Picture Books on Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Kristallnacht: The Diary of Robert Harlan and Preserving Jewish Experiences, as part of the Frederick M. Schweitzer Lecture on Monday, Nov. 7.

Remembering, Page-by-Page; Teaching the Holocaust Through Picture Books is a workshop for administrators, teachers and librarians, and will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the College’s Rodriguez Room (311) in Miguel Hall. All registration begins at 3:30 p.m. with welcoming remarks by Barbara Reynolds, assistant director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, starting at 4 p.m. Heidi Laudien, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at the College, will speak to the audience first, followed by a student panel and conversation with participants, and a presentation by Marilyn Honigman, chairperson of fine arts at Fordham Preparatory School.

The fourth annual Frederick M. Schweitzer Lecture will feature honored speakers Peter Black, Ph.D., senior historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Rebecca Erbelding, archivist of the museum, discussing Kristallnacht: The Diary of Robert Harlan and Preserving Jewish Experiences. This event is free and open to the public.

Black’s current and past experience as chief historian for the Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice, whose mission is to investigate and litigate against persons alleged to have participated in the persecution of individuals on the basis of race, religion, national origin and political opinion under Nazi Germany’s regime, will be an integral part of the lecture. Erbelding, a nine-year veteran archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, has been interviewed on French, British, German, Brazilian and American television and radio, and her work was featured in the March 17, 2008, issue of the New Yorker.

“Both the Remembering, Page-by-Page; Teaching the Holocaust Through Picture Books and Schweitzer Lecture will inform students and educators further on the Holocaust and genocide,” said Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., director of the College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center. “Along with these two events, the Center is planning further programming to continue expanding its mission of promoting a better understanding among Christians, Jews and Muslims through interfaith dialogue related to the College’s educational mission.”

For more information on the Schweitzer Lecture, please contact Mehnaz Afridi by e-mail at mehnaz.afridi@manhattan.edu or to learn more about the Remembering, Page-by-Page; Teaching the Holocaust Through Picture Books workshop, contact Barbara Reynolds by phone at 718-325-5887 or e-mail reynolds00@verizon.net.